As writers we all want to succeed, but what exactly does it take? As a writer that has learned by the seat of her pants. Learning the hard way makes you remember it better and also helps you celebrate the loudest when you reach it.
As you all know I have tried many avenues of the writing field. I've written contemporary romance and switched to historical, western, romance. I've written children's series books and poetry, and even dabbled in short stories. Only to find out that my real niche is in contemporary romance. Go figure.
Series books has shown to be good sellers, in the print and the ebook areas.
But there is money to be had in self-publishing these days and anyone that has written for any length of time knows this.
Also a good backlist of books helps you make money.
I recently noticed one of my books has always lagged and wondered what the problem might be. It's an old fashioned kind of love story, so I figured everyone would enjoy that. It had been edited by several e-book publishers, and reviewed by many, the reviews were good. So what was wrong?
Well, believe it or not, part of what was wrong was the cover. I had a lone female on the cover and although she fit the book well, it did not garner many sales. So I set out to find a new cover, and it was a long and tedious search but I finally found one that gives off a relaxed, romantic book. Pretend Mom is not a new book, but it does have a new cover. Now, you might want to know if the new cover helped.
Yes, it did help! Quite a bit since this book was getting very little attention. The cover alone did change the sales. So anytime you think you are spending too much money or time looking for a cover, think again. However, although I proved this point, with Pretend Mom and Wandering Heart, how does one know they have the right cover?
It's impossible to know if your cover is going to spur sales or make readers look for something else.
One sure fire way is to wait and see how the sales look. If you have several books you can compare them to each other in sales. If one is lacking, it could be the cover.
As most of you that know me, know I change my covers often. That's because for one thing a new cover will draw more attention to a non-updated book. So if you take the time, if you consider what your book is about and what kind of atmosphere you are creating for your book, it's all worth it.
Another thing about covers, I learned that making a brand for a series is a good idea, that way people know that those books go together, and so increases sales for the series. So be sure and make the series announcement to catch the eye. I have learned through experience that certain things work.
Self-published authors need to make sure they have the best of editors, a great cover and a good story to sell a book. It all sounds relatively easy, but what you think is the best may not be. I constantly re-edit my work, send it out to be edited, and re-do covers with some of my favorite artist. Another thing I have found to be a good idea, I have my books professionally formatted. If you don't think this makes a difference you are wrong. A lot of us can put the work up on the self-published places ourselves, but always check it out and see how it looks before you leave it. The reader wants it perfect, and we have to be as perfect as we can be. I spend spare time looking for covers that might fit. And here's something interesting too, searching for the right cover can inspire a writer with a new plot and new characters.